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Devils hire Mike Foligno as assistant coach

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 5:00 PM / News

NHL.com

The New Jersey Devils on Friday hired Mike Foligno as an assistant coach. He joins Dave Barr, Scott Stevens and goaltending coach Chris Terreri on coach Peter DeBoer’s staff.

Foligno, 54, joins the Devils after serving as an assistant with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League last season. He previously spent time as an assistant with the Anaheim Ducks after being named to the position June 24, 2010.

Foligno was coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves from 2003-04 through 2009-10 and is the winningest coach in franchise history with 189 regular-season victories, He has also served as an NHL assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, and spent five seasons coaching Colorado's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

Foligno was the third player selected in the 1979 NHL Draft and scored 36 goals as a rookie with the Detroit Red Wings in 1979-80, finishing second in balloting for the Calder Trophy. He finished his career with 355 goals, 727 points and 2,049 penalty minutes while playing for the Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers.

His sons Nick and Marcus are both in the NHL; Nick Foligno plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets while Marcus is with the Buffalo Sabres. Both played for their father in Sudbury as juniors.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery